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19.03.2004 Football News

Black Meteor players to commence camping on Sunday

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Accra, March 19, GNA - The national under 23 team, the Black Meteors who would playing their Zambian counterparts in a crucial decider for Group D's single slot for this year's Athens Olympic Games are to commence residential camping this Sunday at Obuasi.

A statement by Mr Kofi Nsiah, General Secretary of the Ghana Football Association and copied to the GNA Sports asked the 20 selected players to report to the Crystal Rose Hotel.

The invited players called to camp by the coach include two foreign- based players whilst King Faisal head the list with six invitees followed by Kumasi Asante Kotoko with five players and Obuasi Goldfields with three players.

Conspicuously missing from the list are Hearts of Oaks Bernard Don Bortey and Faisal's Kwadjo Poku who are back into the country after their unsuccessful trials in Germany and hence missed the Meteors last match against their South African counterparts.

The Meteors play Zambia on Sunday, March 28 at the Kumasi Sports Stadium in a match that the Ghanaians must win at all cost if they do not want their dream of qualifying for the Olympic Games fizzle out into thin air.

Black Meteors are currently lying second in their group on the same point with the Zambians but with an inferior goal advantage hence nothing short of a win would spell disaster for the country. The first encounter between the two sides played in Zambia ended goalless.

The invited players' are Abass Inusah, Yahuza Abubakari, Eric Gawu, Habib Mohammed, Illiasu Alhassan and Prince Antwi (King Fiasal) Charles Taylor, Edmund Owusu-Ansah, Mohammed Alhassan Yusif Chibsah and Stephen Oduro (Kotoko), Ibrahim Razak and Patrick Villas (Foreign Based) The rest are Nasal Lamin, Issac Amoaku, ShaibuYakubu (Goldfields) Mustapha Essuman (Liberty), Ricky Essuman and Saliu Muntari (Hasaacas) and Sulemana Abu (Power F/C).

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